First team players

goalkeepers

GRANT SHENTON - goalkeeper (28)

‘Shents’ joined the club in the summer of 2019 after departing Chester FC. After a spell of reserves football at FC United of Manchester, Grant made his non-league name at Ramsbottom United where he became the club’s leading appearance maker with 279 matches under his belt in a successful five-year stint from 2011.

 

He joined up with Paul Phillips at Ashton Utd in 2016, before following the manager to Stalybridge Celtic and then spent a season at Trafford before moving to Chester in the summer of 2018. Ironically ‘Shents’ follows Theo Roberts between the sticks at the Silverlands; Roberts was on loan from Chester for the whole of last season!

mitchell allen - goalkeeper (19)

Young 'keeper signed in December 2019 from Stratford Town. 'Mitch' came through the academy system at home town club Stoke City and had a brief spell on work-experience at Market Drayton Town before joing Stratford in the summer of 2018. 

defenders

alex brown - defender (21)

A young left-sided defender who came through the junior ranks at Sheffield United. After a short spell at NCEL outfit Hallam he moved to Sheffield FC and represented England ‘C’ in Dublin the summer of 2018, after originally being part of the contingency squad. He joined the Bucks at the start of last season after impressing in pre-season, and went on to make 47 (1) appearances.

 

He made another England ‘C’ appearance in June 2019 away in Estonia and has also played for an England representative side in 2 matches in the Falkland Islands.

nico de girolamo - defender (28)

Nico signed for Buxton after being surprisingly released by Matlock Town in February 2018 and impressed for the remainder of the season for the Bucks. This tall defender started his career at Heanor Town before spending five seasons at Mickleover Sports where his potential was monitored by previous Bucks manager Martin McIntosh.

 

Nico then joined Matlock in the summer of 2016. Another player to have an outstanding season last term and has made 56 (3) appearances, scoring 4 goals, to the start of the current campaign.

josh meade - defender (24)

Josh signed in the summer of 2017 after two seasons at Stocksbridge Park Steels. Josh came through the junior ranks at Doncaster Rovers, progressing to the first team, and earned a pro contract in 2013.

 

After a loan spell at Goole he signed for Matlock in 2014, spending a season there before joining Stocksbridge. Has scored twice in 67 (17) appearances in his two completed seasons with the Bucks.

kyle harrison - defender (24)

Signed for the Bucks in September 2019 from Ashton United after an initial loan period where he excelled at both right and left-back.

 

A former youth player at Bradford City, Kyle has represented many sides since joining the non-league game including Ossett Albion, Frickley Athletic, Guiseley, Farsley Celtic, Mossley, Hyde United and Ramsbottom United, before joining Ashton in the summer.

connor o'grady - defender (21)

Sheffield born centre-back or right-back who signed for the Bucks in September 2019. Connor came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday, signing a pro contract extension in 2018 but was released last summer and joined the Bucks after trialing at Guiseley.

 

Connor has made a tremendous start to his Buxton career and was named captain for the first time against Witton Albion in late October where he turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 victory.

midfielders

callum chippendale - midfield (23)

Callum was one of two new signings from Glossop made by Phillips and Halford when they first took over the management reigns in March 2018. He spent his formative years with Barnsley and Bradford City before joining Bradford Park Avenue in the summer of 2015.

 

In 2016 he was signed by Boston United following a loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity and was signed, along with his brother Aidan, by Shaw Lane in 2017 before moving to Glossop North End. Callum was made the Bucks team captain following the departure of Greg Young from the club last season and has scored 8 times in 40 (7) appearances, despite some time out with injury.

Louie davies - midfield (17)

Louie started playing football when he was 7 and was scouted in his first season for Sheffield Wednesday, where he then spent 8 years whilst also having spells at Sheffield United.

 

He then decided to have a six month break from playing football before rediscovering his love of the game playing for his local side Bakewell for a year then joining Matlock Town Academy and playing for their reserves.

 

He is now a second year student at the Buxton FC Academy and has signed for the First Team in September for the 2019/20 season.

aaron chalmers - midfield (28)

Joined the club in October 2019 after an initial loan period from Ashton United. Aaron started his professional career at Oldham Athletic, making a couple of first team appearances, before moving to Macclesfield Town in 2009 and then quickly on to Hibernian in Scotland.

 

He returned to England a season later with Mossley before signing for Woodley Sports and then Southport in 2012. He had two loan periods at Droylsden and one at New Mills before stints at Ashton United, Hyde, Curzon Ashton and Northwich Victoria, followed by a longer spell at Stalybridge Celtic from 2015 to 2017 and then back to Ashton United.

warren clarke - midfield (21)

Young midfielder signed in September 2019 after trialing at Chesterfield FC.

 

Warren came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday FC and signed his first pro contract with the Owls in 2017 before being released last summer.

simon lenighan - midfield (25)

Another new signing in December 2019 when he transferred from Mossley. Simon came through the ranks at Leeds United, having loan spells at Bradford Park avenue and Halifax Town. He transferred to Harrogate Town in 2014 and following a loan spell at Alfreton Town moved to Frickley and then back in to the league with Rotherham. His next club was Warrington Town in 2016 and then followed a nomadic few years with stints at Altrincham, Shaw Lane, Glossop North End, Guiseley before returning to Halifax in the summer of 2018. After one season he joined Mossley last summer

eTHan padden - midfield (19)

Joined the club from local side Chapel Town in December 2019 after impressing in training. Ethan came through the junior system at Chesterfield before joining private academy side FBT International who specialise in gaining pro-contracts to young players. He had a trial period at Huddersfield Town and had interest from Aldershot and The New Saints before joining Glossop North End last summer.

rod orlando-young - midfield (24)

Rod was the last signing made by Paul Phillips in November 2019, transferring from Ilkeston Town. Rod, a pacey winger, spent his formative years at Exeter City before moving to Norwich City in 2012 where he enjoyed a loan a spell at Bishop Stortford. He transferred to Welling United in 2014 and had a further loan spell at Bishop Stortford as well as Grays Athletic before moving to Ware. After relocating north he had spells at Sheffield FC, Newcastle Town before appearing on the TV show The Streets Don’t Lie where he had the opportunity to train with RB Leipzig. He signed for Ilkeston Town at the start of the 2018/19 season, where he was first recommended to the Bucks by former player Robin Hughes, and has since played for Gainsborough Trinity and Bradford Park Avenue before returning to Ilkeston this season.

kristian scott - midfield (24)

Another new recruit at the start of the Gary Hayward reign as Buxton manager, signed after being released by Hednesford Town. Kristian started his career at Stoke City before having spells in development football at Swansea City and Leicester City. After a short spell at Mangotsfield United he moved to Nuneaton in 2016 before spending time at Rushall Olympic before moving to Hednesford

Tom Elliot - midfield (24)

Made an immediate impression on the Buxton 'faithful' with an impressive debut against Lancaster City in early December 2019 following his transfer from Hednesford Town. Tom initially came to light at Worksop Town before signing for Nuneaton Town in 2016. He followed then manager Tommy Wright to Darlington, making over 40 appearances for 'The Quakers' before signing for Hednesford last summer. He was the first signing made by Gary Hayward when he joined the Bucks as manager.

rumenio barai - midfield (20)

Speedy winger signed in December 2019 after being released by Marine. Rumenio played development football in Portugal before moving to England and gaining NPL experience at Rushall Olympic before moving to Kidsgrove Athletic in August 2018 and then on to Marine last summer.

Alex byrne- midfield (26)

Returned to the club in December 2019 when he moved from Warrington Town. Alex had initially made 10 (2) appearances, at right-back, in early 2015 for the Bucks after joining on a dual registration from Winsford United. He had played junior football with Bury FC before joining Mossley and was part of the Abbey Hey side that won promotion from the NWCL 1st Division in 2013. He joined Winsford after a season with Glossop North End and then moved on to Northwich Victoria in November 2015. He really made a name for himself when he joined Shaw Lane in 2016 and was moved in to a more attacking role. He joined Gainsborough Trinity in the summer of 2018 after being involved with Jamie Vardy's V9 scheme and then on to Warrington Town last summer. 

strikers

liam hardy - forward (31)

Liam initially signed for the club in the summer of 2014. Liam came to prominence at Armthorpe Welfare, where he bagged 46 goals in one season, before transferring to Harrogate Town where he suffered a serious leg-break early in his career. He spent several loan periods at Harrogate Railway before initially joining the Bucks, again on loan, towards the end of the 2013/14 where he netted an impressive 7 times in 9 starts to help remove any threat of relegation for the club after a sticky middle part to the season. It was great news when Liam committed fully to the club in the summer of 2014 after being released by Harrogate Town and enjoyed a terrific campaign which culminated in being nominated for the league team of the year after scoring an impressive 26 goals in 49 (1) matches. Liam signed a new contract at the Silverlands in the summer of 2015, but transferred for a fee to Darlington in February 2016. He returned to the Silverlands in March 2017, initially on loan, and scored 11 goals from 11 starts that season. The 2017/18 season saw Liam win the League ‘Golden Boot’ award with 38 goals in 47 (2) appearances, and he also scooped the supporters and players ‘Player of the Year’ awards. Last season he scored another 20 goals, including a hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of Matlock town on Easter Monday, taking his career tally to 126 goals in 183 (15) appearances for the Bucks.

diego de girolamo - forward (24)

Former Italian Under 18s to Under 20s international who joined the Bucks in July 2018. Diego came through the junior ranks at Sheffield United before earning a professional contract and made several first team appearances for ‘the Blades’. His career at Bramall Lane was hindered by an injury picked up on Under 18 international duty that ruled him out for nine months in 2013. He enjoyed a loan spell at York City before returning to Sheffield where he scored his first goal for the Blades in a FA Cup tie against Preston North End. Two further loan spells at York and one at Northampton Town followed before signing for Bristol City in the summer of 2016.

 

He went on loan to Cheltenham in January 2017, scoring a hat-trick in the EFL Trophy against Leicester City Under 23s, and a further loan period was spent at Chesterfield in the first half of the 2017/18 season before his contract at Bristol City was terminated by mutual consent. He spent the remainder of that season at Macclesfield Town. He netted a dozen times in 24 (14) appearances last term for the Bucks.